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Holiday Recipes that won’t take away from your holiday

Quick and delicious meals to fix for your Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner is a tradition held globally and is treasured by many. However, for some the dread of coming up with a menu for the friends and family can be a bit much. From the Christmas ham or turkey to all the sides and dressings, the preparation of the food can quickly overwhelm the day if one is not careful. To help alleviate the stress of the holidays here are a few quick and delicious meals that you can prepare for your Christmas dinner.


Winter Green Salad with Green Apple Vinaigrette

This recipe calls for a head of escarole, lettuce, celery, granny smith apples, vinegar, and olive oil. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. You want to ensure that you slice the apples thin enough to be eaten with a fork without the need for additional use of a knife. If you want to add a bit more flavor to the salad consider adding shallots or a white onion.  You can also substitute a red apple or yellow apple to add some contrast to the salad. Do not use red cabbage with this salad combination as the bitterness from the vinegar and the cabbage could be too overwhelming.

Escarole with Pancetta

Chop one head of escarole and combine with one clove of garlic. In a frying pan cook your pancetta (or if you want to go a bit cheaper use regular bacon). Ensure that the pancetta is cut into small edible pieces and that you let the meat cook. Do not stir the bits too often. Once cooked, remove from the heat and drain off the excess grease. In a fresh pan add 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil and combine all the ingredients. Cook until the leaves just start to wilt, but do not allow them to become liquid. You still want some crunch.

Leeks with Walnut Vinaigrette

Cut the tops of the stems of your leeks and rinse. Do not use warm water but use a nice chill bath. You do not want to lose any of the nutrients or cook the vegetable while rinsing. Once you have the leeks cut and rinsed, prepare a large pot with sea salt water. Bring to a boil and add in your leeks. Cook for 8 to 12 minutes.  Remove from the water and drain. In a small bowl add 1 table spoon spicy mustard, 2 tablespoons vinegar (white or red) and salt and pepper for flavor. Drizzle this on top of the leeks and then add chopped walnuts to fit your taste.

Vegetable Chips

This is perhaps one of the easiest dishes that you can make this holiday season. Simply find some large squash like plants, beets, etc. and using a slicer cut them thin. As these are chips, the thinner you can cut them the better. Place the sliced vegetables on a cookie sheet making sure that they do not overlap. Preheat the oven to 360. While the oven is heating add a thin coat of olive oil to the chips. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until they start to brown on the edges. While still hot add fresh pepper and salt to flavor.

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Here is a new perspective on Brussel sprouts. Where there are many that would not want to serve them raw at a Christmas dinner, if you combine them with bacon (as most people LOVE bacon) it is sure to be a hit. To make this dish all you need to do is cook your bacon first. Then in a pan add a pound of Brussel sprouts halved, ½ a yellow onion, and salt and pepper. Cook the Brussel sprouts until they are tender (about 10 min) and combine that with your bacon in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to flavor it. For some extra kick consider adding just a little bit of hot sauce when cooking the sprouts.

Do you like the recipes and need the ingredients? We can help

Trax Farms has a ton of fresh produce to help you in getting your Christmas meal prepared. We have over 150 years of experience in farming and bring that knowledge to you. Whether you are looking to make a salad or looking for some fresh apple cider, you can find it at our location. Our farmers market is over 85,000 square feet with 15 different departments. So, if you are in need of assistance in your Christmas meal and need to get the ingredients to make a quick and delicious meal that won’t take away from your holiday, come see us. Trax Farms is located in Finleyville, PA just 12 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 88. If you have questions or to get directions please visit the about us page or contact us directly at 412.835.3246.


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528 Trax Rd. Finleyville, PA 15332
(12 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 88)
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